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Improve Your Golf Swing and Lower Your Score with this Cardiogolf Pilates Inspired Workout

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Today’s workout is a modified Pilates routine. I have taken simple stretches and combined them with Pilates’ breathing to target muscles used in the golf swing.  Although Pilates have been in the mainstream of general fitness for a few years now, golfers are just starting to consider this discipline to help them improve their golf games. Pilates help improve flexibility, concentration and body control. Breathing is an integral part of Pilates, so you will want to concentrate on your breathing as you do all the exercises.  These exercises are more dynamic than static stretching because you will be breathing more deeply.

I recommend that you take a Pilates class, sometime in the future, if you haven’t done so, to learn proper breathing.  Learning proper breath control can assist you on the golf course to not only improve your concentration, but also to energize your swing.

Always begin with the Cardiogolf pre-round warm-up routine before doing this or any of the exercise routines.

Par Level: 10 minutes – Do routine one time
Birdie Level: 20 minutes – Repeat routine twice
Eagle Level: 30 minutes – Repeat routine three times

Modified Pilates Routine for Golf

Pilates exercises lengthen, strengthen, balance and align muscles and joints without adding bulk. Pilates can help golfers elongate muscles for a smoother, longer swing.

Breathing is an integral part of both Pilates and golf. Breathing keeps oxygen circulating, increasing stamina, and when executed properly, strengthens the deep abdominal muscles that support the lower back.

There are specific breathing directions for Pilates exercises. To breathe for Pilates, you inhale through your nose filling your abdomen completely with air, then exhale through your mouth, as you deepen your abdominal muscles, releasing all the air and tightening your core. This type of breathing helps you perform the exercises to elongate muscles. Practicing this type of breathing on a daily basis can also relieve stress and expand lung capacity.

Directions: After you have performed the Cardiogolf pre-round warmup routine, perform each exercise in this routine by holding the position as you exhale and inhale for 10 counts. These exercises are more dynamic than static stretching because you focus on breathing more deeply.

Cardiogolf Creator, LPGA Teaching Professional, Golf-Fitness Specialist and Certfied Pilates Instructor Karen Jansen teams up with 15 to Fit Pilates, Barre and Fitness to help you take your game to the next level.

Karen will design an individualized golf-specific workout program for you combining Pilates reformer exercises with her unique Cardiogolf fitness program to help you improve your core strength, posture, balance, flexibility and swing technique to build more a powerful and repeatable golf swing.


Five Session Package Includes:

(2) Pilates Reformer Sessions to improve overall strength, flexibility, coordinaCon, balance and to help prevent injury
(2) Cardiogolf Sessions with drills to improve swing technique and lower your scores
(1) Fitness Screen and Golf Swing Assessment

Package Price: $595.00

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Quick and Easy Warm Up Exercise to Avoid Big Numbers on the Golf Course

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For many of us, we used to be able to hop out of the car, go straight to the first tee and rip a drive down the middle of the fairway.  Now by skipping a warm-up before a round of golf may mean it takes us 4 or 5 holes before you loosen up and gain your form, and by that time your score may already be ruined. Here is a quick and easy pre-round warm-up exercise to help you avoid those big numbers on the scorecard.

The point of a warm-up is to elevate your heart rate to get your blood flowing to warm muscles so they are loose and supple to make it is easier to swing. You can do this warm-up at your house before your round of golf, if you don’t have a long drive to the golf course or on the driving range. Don’t be embarrassed to do the routine, it couldn’t more humiliating than topping your drive off the first tee.

When you go from a standstill directly into some kind of high intensity movement like a golf swing, it can raise your heart rate, engage your muscles and, without warming up first, it can cause a great amount of stress on your body. When your heart raises to0 quickly, it tries to circulate your blood supply through constricted blood vessels to feed your muscle tissue, but if muscles are not warmed and blood is not flowing, it meets resistance and causes your blood pressure to spike momentarily.

Aside from potential muscle tears and injuries, this can cause swing faults because you are unable to take your muscles through their full range of motion, constricting your swing. It can also cause premature fatiguing during your round. Your body may not have the stamina to play all 18 holes because your body is using all it’s energy to keep up the demands of blood and oxygen flow that your muscles are requiring to swing a club 90 to 100 mph over a four to five hour period of time.

There are many ways to warm up your body, like jogging, dynamic stretching,  jogging or even taking practice swings.  In particulate exercise only takes 1 to 2 minutes and it targets your hip flexors that are typically tight in golfers.  If you do this everyday, you can increase your balance and flexibility as well.

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FORWARD HIP SWINGS

Your ability to shift your weight in your golf swing is determined by how flexible and mobile your hips are. If your hips are tight or are limited in rotation, you won’t be able to move them from side to side and shift your weight correctly in the golf swing resulting in loss of distance.

  • Stand in a shoulder width stance using a golf club for balance.
  • Lift one leg up so your foot is up in the air, hinging from your hip socket.
  • Swing your leg back and then forward, taking your hip through full range of motion.
  • Continuously swing your leg back and forward for 8 to 10 repetitions.
  • Return to the start position and repeat on opposite leg.
  • Do 8 to 10 repetitions on both legs.

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How and When to Hinge Your Wrists

It is important to have grip strength in order to maintain the angle of your arms and club or to create lag on the downswing that allows you to strike down and take a divot.  If you tend to top or hit thin shots, you may not be holding the “angle”.  Getting stronger in your hands and wrists will help you create lag and clubhead speed and hit solid shots.

To create more power and to control your shots, try this grip strengthening exercise:

Grip Exercise -Wrist and Hand Rotation with Club
  1. With your arm extended, hold a golf club by the grip end, pointing the clubhead up to the sky.
  2. Slowly rotate your wrist so that the club drops parallel to the ground.  Hold position for a moment and return to start position.
  3. Slowly rotate your wrist to the opposite direction.
  4. Repeat this exercise for 8 to 10 repetitions.
When and How to Hinge Your Wrists

Wrist hinge should happen naturally in the golf swing. If your grip is in a neutral position,the wrists will be able to fully hinge as you swing the club back to the top. There is no exact spot where you are supposed to hinge your wrists. Some players set their wrists very early in the swing and others create the hinge later in the swing. Most high- handicappers go wrong when they have no wrist hinge and have to end up hinging their elbows instead to get the club to the top.

  1. Set-up in your normal golf stance.
  2. Swing the club back and let the weight of the club hinge the wrists naturally.
  3. At about the halfway back point in your swing, your club and forearms should form a right-angle.

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Cardiogolf Training Package Launched

Take Your Practice Indoors with the Cardiogolf Shortee Practice Club and Training Video Package.

MOORESVILLE, NC, Aug. 3, 2017-LPGA Master Teaching Professional and Certified Personal Trainer Karen Palacios-Jansen has teamed up with GolfGym, the premier golf-fitness training product company, to create a package to help golfers practice their swing indoors. The package includes the Cardiogolf 23” Shortee Training Club, designed short to swing indoors, and 20 training videos, including drills and exercises to help golfers of all levels improve their swing technique and get some exercise at the same time.

Professional golfers know the importance of athletic development for golf. As a recreational golfer, you may not have the time to train like an elite athlete, but by simply adding a few swing drills into your daily routine, you can dramatically improve your game. And you don’t have to go to the golf course or driving range, you can do these exercises at home.

Introducing the Shortee Practice Training Club and Cardiogolf Instructional Videos. Great for indoor swing training and off-season conditioning. When you purchase the Shortee Practice Training Club you’ll receive Cardiogolf Instructional Videos to download and follow on your computer, tablet or smart phone.

The New Cardiogolf Shortee Training Club & 20 Video Series includes drills and exercises to help golfers improve their technique and no ball is required.  Making practice swings instead of hitting balls is a better way to improve your swing technique. If you are trying to learn the swing or make a swing change, rehearsing the move without hitting a ball will assure that you are actually doing the correct move. Repeating the motion that you want to achieve will help ingrain the move into your real swing.

Watch the videos and simply follow along as Karen takes you through a battery of drills to help you improve your game and get some exercise at the same time.

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